Yamato Group Solutions

Visualizing the Flow of Goods to Achieve Total Optimization 
"Mieruka" (Visualization) Solutions

Reducing Inventories and Promoting Just-in-Time (JIT) Production and Delivery

Accurately grasping the flow of goods in all processes, from raw material procurement to manufacturing and shipment, helps reduce inventory and enables just-in-time (JIT) production and delivery, which in turn significantly reduces the total cost of logistics. The Yamato Group, centered on Yamato System Development, leverages IT to provide a wide range of integrated "Mieruka" Solutions that visualize and manage the flow of goods across individual factories and distribution centers. 
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Total Optimization Impossible without Integration of Information Across all Business Locations 
Visualizing and Managing the Entire Supply Chain

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Takashi Ikeda
Corporate Officer
e-Logistics Solutions Company
President
YAMATO SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.

President Takashi Ikeda, Corporate Officer in charge of Yamato System Development Co., Ltd. of e-Logistics Solutions Company, a division of the Yamato Group responsible for IT system development, shares the following insight regarding issues of corporate logistics IT systems.

"Most companies use and manage separate IT systems for each business location, such as factories and distribution centers. This means that even if the company is able to optimize its IT systems for each business location it will not be able to achieve total optimization across the entire company. Visualizing and comprehensively managing the flow of goods from procurement of raw materials to production and shipment will help reduce inventories and improve the bottom line."

Even if a factory uses a production management system to improve production efficiency and reduce costs, production plans without accounting for actual inventory on hand in the distribution center will result in excess inventory, which will ruin any effects realized from reduced production costs. In addition, a company with multiple distribution centers in each region that only manages inventory individually for each distribution center may process a production request to manufacture products that can actually be found in the inventory of another distribution center.

An effective means to resolve these issues can be found in the Yamato Group's "Mieruka" Solutions. Implementing these solutions, "can help a company accurately understand distribution inventory over the entire supply chain, and as a result, achieve total optimization," stresses Ikeda.

Moreover, when connecting its IT system to the Yamato Group shipment tracking system, a company can manage the flow of goods until final delivery to the recipient company or consumer. This enables just-in-time (JIT) shipments and product traceability, significantly enhancing the sophistication of the company's logistics services.


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Visualizing the Flow of Goods to Achieve Total Optimization

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Total Optimization Impossible without Integration of Information Across all Business Locations
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Cloud Computing Technology Cutting the Costs of Installing Logistics IT Systems
  • Chapter-03. 
Implementing a Yamato Group Solution to Ensure First In, First Out Inventory Management
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The Internet Wholesale Business Utilizing the Yamato Group's "Mieruka" Solutions
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The Yamato Group's Data Center Ensures Information Security

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About the Yamato Group

The Yamato Group includes the following companies: Yamato Transport Co., Ltd., which has developed an express delivery network nationwide; Yamato System Development Co., Ltd., which develops and operates diverse IT solutions including data centers; Yamato Home Convenience Co., Ltd., which transports and sets up consumer electronics, household goods, and machinery that cannot be transported via express delivery; Yamato Logistics Co., Ltd., which specializes in domestic and overseas logistics outsourcing; Yamato Financial Co., Ltd., which provides settlement services; and others. These companies pool their talents, which encompass "information, logistics, and settlement", to provide optimal solutions from a comprehensive perspective to the problems of client companies.